Michael Scott’s Book Signing at Vroman’s

On June 6th, 2012 author Michael Scott’s had a book signing at Vroman’s Pasadena. It was a special occasion, as he was signing the The Enchantress, the last book in the series that made him famous.

Unfortunately, it was also the day President Obama was in town for a fund-raising event. On top of that, the Devils and the Kings were playing at Staples Center. I expected horrible traffic on the freeway, so I avoided it by taking local streets.

It still took me two hours to get to the bookstore. But it was worth it, as I got to see one of my favorite fantasy authors.

Michael Scott is one of Ireland’s most successful authors. He has written over a hundred books for both kids and adults alike, and is considered as a foremost authority on the Celtic folklore.

Author Michael Scott

At his book signing, Michael spoke of how he had come to write the series he is best known for– The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel. With the exception of the main characters Josh and Sophie Newman, all of the human characters in the books are real. Other non-human characters were based on original myths and legends. That being the case, he was assigned a nonfiction editor, to help him check facts.

Michael told us a little bit about himself and his writing journey. The audience got a laugh when he said that his mother actually wanted him to be an accountant, and she still doesn’t think much of him being a writer.

Michael was a bookseller for many years and he came across books that made him say “I can write better than this.” He says that most writers start out as readers.

When asked how one becomes a writer, Michael replied, “I’m not a big fan of writing courses or classes, and I didn’t take any of those myself. If you want to write, you put your bottom on a chair, and you write. You write everyday. Writing is practice.”

Author Michael Scott answering questions

An audience member asked Michael to comment on ebooks and the publishing industry. Michael said he’s been in the business long enough to have heard the death of the book several times. As long as there are people reading, then it doesn’t matter. There will always be a place for books. Most people buy the digital copy  to read, and a physical copy to have.

Someone asked if he would sign his kindle? “Absolutely,” Michael replied. He mentioned how there are some people who have their kindle cases signed and swap it out when it’s full. He once signed a case in Dallas, and the owner told him to be careful and not to overlap with John Grisham’s signature. “I know my place,” Michael quipped.

Michael answered a  lot more questions and told us many more interesting things about publishing, writing and myths. After that, we all lined up to get our books signed.

It was a thrill to talk to Michael. I mentioned that the last time I saw him was at the Long Beach Borders a couple of years back. He remembered the occasion well, and we chatted for a bit about YA books. He gave me a few recommendations and I thanked him for adding two more books to my already growing To Be Read pile. :)

Myself with author Michael Scott

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7 Responses to “Michael Scott’s Book Signing at Vroman’s”

  1. mooderino says:

    That’s interesting about people getting their kindle covers signed. Lack of a book jacket is a real loss. If they could think of a way so you could see what people were reading on the bus that would be good.


  2. Bish Denham says:

    Oh you lucky you! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. That he isn’t a fan of writing courses says a great deal about him, self-determination, self-taught. I think many writers, particularly those who have written what we now call the classics, were self-taught.

  3. Southpaw says:

    That sounds like a fantastic signing. I’m impressed you made it there with everything that was going on!

  4. Glad you got to meet him! Looks like he had a good turnout as well.

  5. Cecilia says:

    wow! that’s really fantastic you got to meet and get your books signed by Michael Scott.great turnout. :)

  6. Fantastic! Sounds like a wonderful experience. It’s super when a writer we admire is a pleasure when you get to meet him in person, too.

  7. How great that you stuck with it and made it through the traffic. It’s always so exciting to hear an author you like to read talk about their books.

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